AceShowbiz - "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have issued a mock "apology" after Chinese officials blacklisted their show.
An episode of the comedy cartoon, which aired last Wednesday, October 2, took aim at Hollywood's willingness to comply with Chinese censorship laws, as well as the ruling Communist Party's control over its citizens.
After the episode aired, "South Park" episodes disappeared from Chinese video websites and search results were scrubbed from the Internet in the country.
Parker and Stone responded to the news with a faux apology mocking NBA officials' apologies after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for Hong Kong protesters ahead of pre-season games in China.
"Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts," the statement reads. "We too love money more than freedom and democracy."
They also mocked China's President Xi over reports "Winnie the Pooh" faced similar treatment after dissidents joked that the country's leader resembles the cartoon bear.
"Xi doesn't look like Winnie the Pooh at all. Tune into our 300th episode this Wednesday at 10! Long live the great Communist Party of China. May the autumn's sorghum harvest be bountiful," they added. "We good now China?"
The episode, titled "Band in China", featured a pair of critical storylines about China. One involved adult character Randy Marsh being sent to a work camp after trying to expand his marijuana business in China, while the other showed boys Stan, Jimmy, Kenny and Butters forming a metal band and making a rock film that goes awry after the script has to be altered for distribution in China.